Fike High’s Jake Herring watches a fairway shot during the second of the NCHSAA 3-A championships May 14, 2019, at Foxfire Resort and Golf Club at Foxfire Village. Herring, now a junior, finished 11th at the state tournament last season and, with this season likely canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, won’t be to contend for the title again.

Championship dreams floating away?: Fike junior Jake Herring may never get chance at state title

Jake Herring, a 16-year-old junior at Fike High, possesses the competitive drive and certainly the talent to follow in the footsteps of John-Tyler Griffin and Bryson Boyette as Fike’s only …
Duke guard Tre Jones, dribbling against North Carolina during a game March 7 in Durham, discussed his decision to enter the NBA draft and how he and his family are coping with the COVID-19 pandemic during a teleconference with media members Friday.

Duke’s Jones preparing for NBA draft 

Duke’s Tre Jones joined a video chat with the media Friday about his decision to declare for the NBA draft. Such an interview normally covers thoughts on the trainers he is working with and …
“Guess Who?” is a weekly photo feature from The Wilson Times sports photo archives that will run each week in the Times sports section. If you know or would like to guess who is in the photo, please leave a comment below.

Guess Who?

“Guess Who?” is a weekly photo feature from The Wilson Times sports photo archives that will run each week in the Times sports section. If you know or would like to guess who is in the …
School Sports
Student-athlete of the week

Farris & Thomas Law Attorneys Student-Athlete of the Week: Tyler Gurganus, Fike High

Tyler Gurganus helped his Fike High varsity baseball team beat Bunn on March 13, making him this week’s Farris & Thomas Law Attorneys Student-Athlete of the Week. Tyler, a senior …
Guess Who?

Guess Who?

“Guess Who?” is a weekly photo feature from The Wilson Times sports photo archives that will run each week in the Times sports section. If you know or would like to guess who is in the photo, please leave a comment below.
“Guess Who?” is a weekly photo feature from The Wilson Times sports photo archives that will run each week in the Times sports section. If you know or would like to guess who is in the …
Fike senior outfielder Lydia Hunt, a mainstay in the top of the batting order for the Lady Golden Demons, will play at Division III William Peace University.

Fike’s Hunt to extend softball career at William Peace

In the midst of an abbreviated sixth season as the head varsity softball coach at Fike High and beforehand as an assistant, Josh Jenkins has seen a few faces cycle through the outfield of the Lady …
Hunt senior Bria Griffith (1) dribbles as Rocky Mount freshman Caroline Thiel pursues her during an NCHSAA 3-A third-round playoff game Feb. 29 at Rocky Mount High. Both players were named to the N.C. Basketball Coaches Association’s All-District 3 first team.

Hunt’s Griffith, SWE’s Porter top area NCBCA All-District 3 picks

Seniors Bria Griffith of Hunt and Keishon Porter of SouthWest Edgecombe lead a contingent of eight players from The Wilson Times readership area to earn All-District 3 acclaim from the North Carolina …
Wilson Tobs infielder Chris Meyers steps into the batter’s box at Fleming Stadium during a Coastal Plain League game against the Edenton Steamers on July 30, 2019. Meyers, an All-CPL first-team selection last summer, is one of seven players returning to the Tobs for the 2020 season.

‘Lucky Seven’ back to chase Petitt Cup dreams

Chris Meyers, Jared Carr, Hunter Gore, J.T. Stone, Reese Farmer, Chase Wullenweber and Coleman Sawyer — call them the “Lucky Seven” They have been so dubbed because they are the …

NCHSAA extends athletic shutdown to at least May 18

The chance for high school sports to return this spring in North Carolina took another hit Monday when Gov. Roy Cooper issued an executive order closing all public schools in the state through May 15 …
Babe Allen has been a high school and college umpire for more than three decades. Allen, also an NCHSAA regional supervisor for umpires, said that the shutdown due to the coronavirus is taking its toll on game officials, many of whom rely on the additional income.

Sidelined: How COVID-19 affects umpires

In the days since the COVID-19 pandemic sidelined the sports world, Babe Allen’s phone has been blowing up with text messages. On March 13, the North Carolina High School Athletic …

The Life and Times Podcast, Dec. 11, 2019

It's the state championship edition of The Life and Times Podcast as the boys discuss Southern Nash impending title game against Charlotte Catholic as well as a quick overview of what's happened so …

College Sports

AREA ATHLETES IN COLLEGE: Wilson’s Harris in search of new hoops home

Arkansas guard Jalen Harris (5) drives against Vanderbilt's Saben Lee in the second half of the Southeastern Conference Tournament on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. Harris, a Wilson native, announced Tuesday via social media that he is entering the NCAA's transfer portal in search of his third collegiate home in his final year of eligibility.
One more time, Jalen Harris is on the move. After concluding his second season with the University of Arkansas men’s basketball team, — and his second coaching staff in as many seasons …
Barton junior left-hander Alex Hart, pitching during a game this season at Nixon Field, will return to the Wilson Tobs of the summer collegiate Coastal Plain League this season after pitching for them last summer.

Barton’s Hart among 5 hurlers back for Tobs

List Alex Hart, a junior right-hander from Barton College, among the five familiar faces that are pitchers returning from the championship 2019 team to take the mound for summer collegiate …
Barton College first-year head coach Keith Gorman watches the action from the third-base coaching box at Nixon Field during a game against Mount Olive on March 7. Gorman led the Bulldogs to a 12-12 mark that included two wins against the nationally No. 7-ranked Trojans that day.

Gorman reflects on first year with Bulldogs

Keith Gorman could not have predicted this would be the way his first season as the head coach of the Barton College baseball program would have ended. Just days after the Bulldogs (12-12) beat …
Community Sports

Memories make for sacred ground

Members of the Dolphins, undefeated champions of the Wilson Parks and Recreation Department’s third-grade flag football in the fall of 1974 pose for a team photo on the field behind Recreation Park Community Center. Team members were, kneeling from left, Scott Barnett, Will Rand and Kent Williams. Standing: Mark Milinichik, Stewart Arens, John Logan, Paul Durham, assistant coach Jim Fitzgerald, Greg Lund, Robbie Arrowood and Brian Harris.
On one of our recent daily walks that have become part of our routine during this time of coronavirus, my wife, Tabitha, and I cut behind Recreation Park Community Center from Lynch Circle. Walking …
Pro Sports
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton does his trademark “Superman” pose as he makes his entrance in front of two big flames before the  season-opening game against the Los Angeles Rams at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte on Sept. 8, 2019.

Divorce inevitable for Panthers, Newton

It was always going to end this way. The Carolina Panthers and quarterback Cam Newton officially pulled the band aid off Tuesday for all the social media world to see, with the Panthers announcing …
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Fike @ 50
The quiet superstar: Unassuming Crumpler the central player of Fike dynasty
Carlester Crumpler. Car-les-ter. Crump-ler. The alliterative rhythm of the name lends to the overall legend of its owner, who … Read More
Wilson Fike: State champs of the 4-A football circuit
In the end, it was just like head coach Henry Trevathan said it would for his Fike High Cyclones football team in 1969. The veteran … Read More
Plan of attack: Fike’s formations played a major role in championship seasons
Wedged among the layers that make up the remarkable tale of Fike High School’s three straight state 4-A championships in … Read More